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Jussie Smollett indicted again over alleged hoax attack, faces six new charges

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Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself in downtown Chicago, renewing a divisive criminal case that drew worldwide attention last year.

Last year, Smollett said he was the subject of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago. He claimed he was punched in the face by two masked attackers, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck. He also said his attackers made reference to MAGA, the Make America Great Again slogan used by Trump supporters.

However, following investigations, authorities accused him of staging the attack on himself for publicity. Police claimed Smollett paid two Black brothers to carry out the attack “to promote his career” because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”.

Smollett denied the accusations and after an emergency court appearance in March 2019, all charges against him were dropped.

Yet Chicago Police and the city’s mayor stood by their case against Smollett – and accused the courts of letting him “off scot-free”.

Smollett now faces six counts of disorderly conduct, special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement.

Mr Webb, the special prosecutor assigned in August to investigate how local prosecutors handled the case, said in a statement he was going to further prosecute Smollett.

The actor had now been charged with “making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” Mr Webb said.

He is due in court on 24 February.

The city has also sued the actor in a civil suit, seeking payment of more than $130,000 for overtime paid to officers involved in investigating his claims. Smollett has filed a counter suit.

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Just In: Joe Biden Elected As President Of America

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Just In: Joe Biden Elected As President Of America

Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has been elected as the 46th President of the United States Of America. 

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To make him the President, he won the State of Pennsylvania to give him 20 more electoral votes to hit 270 electoral votes within hitherto 253. Taking to his twitter page, Joe Biden thanked Americans for the victory and assuring them to be President for all. 

America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

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The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

I will keep the faith that you have placed in me”. 

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President Muhammadu Buhari Finally Address His Citizens Over The #EndSARS Protest

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President Muhammadu Buhari Finally Address His Citizens Over The #EndSARS Protest

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has finally addressed his citizens over the #EndSARS protests.

In his strongly-worded address, Buhari has thrown shades at President Nana Akufo-Addo, Hilary Clinton, and other world leaders who dared to talk about the impasse. Well, it looks like Buhari did not need our input on the matter and the pressure for Akufo-Addo to speak was unnecessary. 

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SARS had reportedly been terrorising the ordinary citizens, especially the youth, and even killing some. Former United States President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others also criticised the Nigerian government over the reported deaths of protesters.

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“To our neighbours in particular and the members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements,” he said. 

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